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Just wanted to make a quick update to let you know things are progressing nicely with DE. The lack of updates lately was due to me taking a month off over the Xmas period, but I have since been working hard towards getting you something nice to look at as a reward for hanging around...

Posted by chineseroom on Jan 24th, 2010

(I just want to point out for everyone that the post below and what you are seeing is Robert Briscoe's work, not mine - credit where credit is due! - you can also check out progress on his dev blog - )

Just wanted to make a quick update to let you know things are progressing nicely with DE. The lack of updates lately was due to me taking a month off over the Xmas period, but I have since been working hard towards getting you something nice to look at as a reward for hanging around. Anyway so as soon as the alpha build of the first level was completed I set straight to work on the second level. What you see here is pretty much only a few weeks work which is kind of exciting, now I have established a base set of textures and props I’m finding myself being a lot more productive! Anyway what you see here is the shipwreck from the first part of the level with added sand dunes and significantly larger ship wreck and debris as well as a small winding cliff path:

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Please note this area is still an early WIP.

This was a particularly tough area to create. Most of my time was spent researching and developing the look of the sand dunes before I came up with something I was satisfied with. The ship was also a big challenge and something I think still needs work. However overall I’m pleased enough with how the area looks right now and will be moving on to the second half of the map.

That’s all for now, I will post an update when I have more to show!

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Colossal Jan 24 2010 says:

****, you call that a WIP?

If that's a WIP, I can't even imagine how awesome the finished product would be.

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GhostEdge Jan 24 2010 replied:

Yeah Really.

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Xylemon Jan 25 2010 replied:

Not to mention "Early WIP"

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abominable37 Jan 25 2010 replied:

Stole the words right out of my mouth man...

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Bluedrake42 Jan 24 2010 says:

WOAH wtf? Holy **** is that source?

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holdenmcclure Jan 24 2010 replied:

Haha be careful Bluedrake. Last time I saw a comment with this exact sentence in it, it was downvoted 15 times until it was buried, with three angry replies. The ModDB community is very protective of their Source Engine.

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Medevila Jan 24 2010 replied:

Because aged as it may be, Source is VERY capable for what it is. Don't underestimate da Source. o_o

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Sibelius Jan 25 2010 replied:

It's the game engine that keeps on giving.

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Spooboy Jan 24 2010 replied:

This looks great! It would be great if you (later on) released some tutorials addressing how you create your terrain. I cant speak for everyone but it seems as if many of the displacement tutorials give very basic and unrefined results. Again that's just for me, but a tutorial would be great because everything has been amazing.

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Kaneda13 Jan 24 2010 buried:


I know, especially since Cryengine 3 is a gazillion times better

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xilefian Jan 25 2010 replied:

Even I downed this one...
I find CryEngine really hard to work with and incredibly difficult to scale.
(Personally my favourite is UE3, however, Source is easiest to mod for me and kinda easier to install mods)
Source will live for a long time.

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r0fire Jan 25 2010 replied:

see what ya done Kaneda13? :DDD
buried ;)

btw this looks very good but it's a pro who works on it so :DD

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willy-wilson Jan 25 2010 replied:

source is very scaleable thats what makes it so great, if your computer can do it source can pretty much handle it.

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DarkPivot Jan 24 2010 replied:

The source engine is more powerful then a lot of people think. I'm not going to vote your comment down though, because it really is stunning. It requires true talent to create something like this.

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RockerFox Jan 24 2010 replied:

yea, people are doing awesome things with source lately, Raindrop, Nuclear Dawn, and more. Well, may the source be with you, always

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Radu_IceMan Jan 25 2010 replied:

"If you only knew where I've been and what I've seen!?"

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Colossal Jan 26 2010 replied:

Source is more capable of being awesome than you.

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tnathan475 Jan 24 2010 says:

Absolutely brilliant!

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MrMattWebb Jan 24 2010 says:

"A quick update"

I cant even imagine how long it took to make! Truly spectacular. :D

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jeffr Jan 24 2010 says:

I bow down to your skills

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projektariel Jan 25 2010 replied:

May I join you?

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Medevila Jan 24 2010 says:

Nice to see things are progressing smoothly!

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Zlandael Jan 24 2010 says:

This isn't a 'quick update', this is the true update I've ever seen in this mod.

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Bon. Jan 24 2010 says:

Its work like this that bring me down, its just unreal. Stunning.

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cheesemcboots Jan 24 2010 says:

yep that is tight. nice work.

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FireyLies Jan 24 2010 says:

I cannot wait for this update its gonna make my favourite mod even better! I also hope you fix the problems with the narration being overpowered by the music.

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Argoon Jan 24 2010 says:

How the hell is one guy making something like this on Source and Valve is making the levels as detailed as before? This images make Source look fantastic!!

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Mars_3K Jan 24 2010 says:

I thought it was another guy - not chineseroom - who was overhauling the visual for DE? Am I mistaken, then?

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chineseroom Jan 25 2010 replied:

Yes, it's Robert Briscoe who is doing the rebuild - just using my account to post updates on progress... he gets ALL the credit for what you are seeing.

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MrMattWebb Jan 24 2010 says:

That is true. The mapper working on this is a professional level designer who is doing this is his free time.

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jjawinte Jan 24 2010 says:

I would never expect less than this from this group. Utterly stunning !

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Croco15 Jan 24 2010 says:

I am stunned, that's amazing!

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CommunistCake Jan 24 2010 says:

That's sexy. Will it be released soon?

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Nebcake Jan 24 2010 says:

The map looks perfect.

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Q_Layer Jan 24 2010 says:

Jesus christ! its looking fantastic!

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FootBallHead Jan 24 2010 says:

Everytime I see these, they look even better, even if they are the same ones!

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NullSoldier Jan 24 2010 says:

These are AMAZING maps!

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Otreum Jan 24 2010 says:

Wonderful sand dunes, it's funny how much a bit of geographical study pays off, these would be the best sand dunes i've ever seen in a game, well done, it's almost photo real.

What I really would like to know is how you managed to create those waves, that's what intrigues me the most in these images.

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ptc5010 Jan 24 2010 says:

Okay, so this is pretty amazing. At first glance of the second picture on, my immediate thought was "where was this photo taken?" Only for half a second though, as it quickly dawned on me that what I was seeing was crafted by unmistakably gifted hands. Your work in these "WIP" photos is phenomenal. Really, I cannot fully comprehend how much effort you had put into building these environments. I guess you really took those criticisms of your mapping seriously... A tense grip of anticipation has manifested in me as I wait to see the finished product.

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claytonian Jan 24 2010 says:

Dear god. I came everywhere.

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Mkilbride Jan 24 2010 says:

Man, I've already played Dear Esther, but I want to play again!

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Master_Of_Hiddenry Jan 24 2010 says:

Heh, I'd like to see valve match this!

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The_Redeemer Jan 25 2010 says:

Holy ****!

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Piuneer Jan 25 2010 says:

You are a very skilled photographe.... Wait, that's a game?!

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Hummus Jan 25 2010 says:

At first sight of the first image of the alpha build, I thought I was looking at a photograph of what it should look like in game. Then I realized that IS in game! Amazing, great work!

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awesomepossum Jan 25 2010 says:

Infinitely better than the original. This time the maps will match the quality of the voice acting! keep up the good work.

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DazJW Jan 25 2010 says:

The before and after is possibly one of the most impressive things I've ever seen.

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Squiggers Jan 25 2010 says:

I'm really suprised at this. I thought this was technically possible in Source, but it sure as hell wouldn't be easy to do.

Kudos to you lads, this is above and beyond what a lot of people are creating.

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Soundpath Jan 25 2010 says:

I can feel the cold sea breeze and smell the salty air just by looking at this stuff. Really impressive work.

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Mars_3K Jan 25 2010 replied:

Where's my scotch? XD

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